DE Owa Odighizuwa
April 27, 2016
Q: How are you feeling?
A: I feel good. Iím back to myself again, so that is very positive for me. I was moving around today, having fun. Iím practicing again. I feel like itís been a long offseason. Itís good to be running around and playing football.
Q: Did you change anything in the offseason to get yourself ready for year two?
A: A little bit. I would say the biggest thing I did was to make sure that the way I trained was proper. Trust in the process, knowing that itís a long year and making sure that first I focused on getting my body right for the offseason program because it is nine weeks or so. So it was making sure that Iím in good condition. I started to do a little bit of lifting, nothing too crazy. Just taking it one process at a time. I think thatís the biggest thing. I did more soft tissue work, making sure my body is nice and right with the massages and seeing different therapists. Thatís pretty much it. Just listening to the older guys and seeing what they do.
Q: How big is it for you to show everyone that you can be the third pass rusher behind Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul and the team doesnít need to add another pass rusher in the draft?
A: Thatís an everyday thing for me. I believe strongly in my abilities. Iím very, very confident. Thatís something Iíve got to do every day, no matter who is in the room. They drafted me with a third-round pick and they believe in my abilities. Itís up to me to perfect that craft every day and that is my goal. My goal is to show everybody that I am that third man that theyíre looking for in the pass rush rotation and thatís going to be my mentality every single day. Itís an opportunity. Thatís how I look at it. At the end of the day, thatís all I can control. I know my goals and that is my goal. All I can control is how I go about that every day when I step on the practice field. So itís putting the best foot forward, putting the best tape out there as they evaluate and making sure that we can get those goals accomplished.
Q: Do you know what you have to show the front office to let them know youíre the third pass rusher because you were hurt most of last season?
A: Last year, being my rookie year, it was very fortunate and it was a very fluke injury with my foot. I didnít get that opportunity to show them what I can do and thatís what this year is about for me. Iíve really got to make sure that I do that on film. Production is really the key. Thatís the name of this business. Thatís why weíre here. Weíre all out here because you want to win. Each player wants to be better at their position so they can produce for the team. So I think in order for them to trust me, Iíve got to be productive on the field, in practice getting better, but showing that Iím not just talking about it, Iím actually getting to the quarterback every day so they can trust that.